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eiffel towerRenowned for their forte in traditional and cultural delicacies that date back more than 6,000 years, the French have developed quite a classy reputation. Fine dining, wine and cheese are, of course, the most obvious of their specialties, and now they have a new specialty to add to that list -- IPv6.

France is among the leaders in the worldwide deployment of the Next-Generation IPv6 Internet Their research and efforts date back 15 years and have played an important role in our understanding of IPv6. A recent study by Google has revealed that France is responsible for more than half of current IPv6 traffic worldwide. Three service providers are leading the IPv6 deployments -- France Telecom Group’s Orange, Free and now with this joint announcement, SFR.

SFR announced today that it has selected Cisco’s Carrier-Grade Internet Protocol Version 6 (CGv6) Solution as a first step in transitioning its network infrastructure to IPv6. SFR, the second-largest telecommunications operator in France, has deployed the Cisco ASR 1000 Series router, enabling IPv6 access to the Internet for its business subscribers and 4.6 million residential customers.

One reason that may explain France’s early adoption of IPv6 is that France has formed a multitude of valuable IPv6-based associations on the past decade. This activity has greatly contributed to the acquisition and dissemination of IPv6 knowledge. These organizations consist of the G6, whose primary task is IPv6 experimentation and information exchange. The G6 was founded in 1995 by researchers in academia and industry. G6’s overall goal is the gradual building of a new infrastructure required for the Internet to survive. The G6, like Cisco, is focused on an effective and seamless transition IPv4 to IPv6. It is the primary catalyst for advances in IPv6 networking in France.

The IPv6 Task Force France continues to play a pivotal role in IPv6 progression. The organization greatly contributed to the organization of V6 World Congress 2011 Paris France, where Cisco was a platinum sponsor. The first IPv6 focused World Congress in history happen to be extremely valuable in sharing information and ideas on the topic IPv6 across a broad forum of the top industry experts. GN6 was introduced to enable implementation of IPv6 and its basic applications. Finally the RENATER network is an important value-added organization dedicated to the research and education on IPv6. Its goal is to simplify the collaborative work of the French researchers with their colleagues worldwide.

So the next time you are dining in a Paris café and enjoying the world-class French cuisine, you may want to go ahead and enjoy the world-class French Internet experience as well.

That being said, other customers around the world like Comcast in USA, Rogers in Canada and Telecom Argentina have been leading IPv6 deployments too. In this video series, they share their insights with ACG Research’s Managing Partner Ray Mota and Cisco’s Kelly Ahuja, SVP Service Provider Chief Architecture Office:

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16 Comments.


  1. Paris is really the place to be! This is interesting, but when I click ‘IPv6 Task Force France’ I encountered an error ( written in french).

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  2. I guess you meant 600 years ago.

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    • No, it’s really 6000 years ago…I remember when my ancestor was cooking mammoths

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    • No, the typo is not on the zero. France, as a country, is 1200 years old and herits its knowledge and culture from the Rome empire. So it’s common to talk about a 2000 years old civilization (not 6000 as written)

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  3. And for DSK !

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  4. Anéfé, in France we can enjoy here and there IPv6 … provided we weren’t disconnected thanks to the three-strikes law voted agaisnt us, citizens.

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  5. Et bah ça fait plaisir ! Il ne reste plus qu’à installer la fibre optique sur tout le territoire !

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  6. I’m really proud to be french, but I have a question for you : I’m a french website editor and I didn’t enabled yet IPv6 on my server. When will it be useful to do it in order to be visible on the web ?

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  7. I’m a member of the G6 committee. There are some (non critical) mistakes in the article about G6 and the TFF (IPv6 Task Force France). Those were originally two separate groups, but the work of the TFF, which is about promoting IPv6 in France, has been taken over by the G6 in a new working group naled ‘IPv6 Promotion’. Other WGs of the G6 include ‘IPv6 Formation’ which provide training material and is the editor of a book on IPv6, written in French (5th edition upcoming).

    For those reading French, the top page is http://www.g6.asso.fr while the activities of the former TFF are explained in
    http://www.g6.asso.fr/tff/index.php/Main_Page

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  8. I’m glad your readers provided us with a translated version of their new website. Good looking out guys!

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  9. It should be mentionned that 10 years ago, some small ISPs such as Nerim were already offering native IPv6 to all of their xDSL customers while the big ones cited above were not even considering it yet for their core network. This has contributed a lot to proper configuration deployments on the clientside and to put pressure on ISPs that were not ready. Even today it’s easier to have IPv6 at home than it is to have it on hosted servers.

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  10. Its interesting but they should be aware of some error encountered by the users.

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